Politics Section

SAVE THE DATE: Reception to meet new City Manager finalists will be April 7

SAVE THE DATE: Reception to meet new City Manager finalists will be April 7

The public is invited to attend a Community Reception to meet the finalists for the City of Burien City Manager position on Friday, April 7, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at City Hall Guests will be asked to... [Read more]

Quiet Skies Puget Sound to hold Community Forum April 26 at Mt. Rainier

Quiet Skies Puget Sound to hold Community Forum April 26 at Mt. Rainier

The Des Moines Chapter of the National Quiet Skies Coalition will hold a Community Forum on Wednesday,  April 26, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Rainier High School. This free and open meeting will discuss new... [Read more]

Burien City Council will be holding its Annual Retreat on Monday, March 27

Burien City Council will be holding its Annual Retreat on Monday, March 27

The Burien City Council will be holding its Annual Retreat this coming Monday, March 27, from 6 – 9 p.m. at City Hall. This retreat will be an open, public meeting. Please note however that public commenting... [Read more]

Berkowitz lawyers say Burien can’t enforce ‘no social media’ during meetings

Berkowitz lawyers say Burien can’t enforce ‘no social media’ during meetings

By Jack Mayne A letter from lawyers representing Burien City Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz says it would be illegal for the city to enforce a blanket ban or censure her for her use of social media during... [Read more]

Homeless advocates duel with citizens’ crime concerns at Burien Council

Homeless advocates duel with citizens’ crime concerns at Burien Council

By Jack Mayne Homeless or near homeless from Burien and beyond urged for passionate concern and support while other, just as passionate citizens, sought relief from crime and the leftovers of drug addiction... [Read more]

City Council approves new employee to handle public records requests

City Council approves new employee to handle public records requests

EDITOR’S NOTE: An additional story – focusing on homelessness – from Monday night’s Burien City Council will be posted soon. By Jack Mayne The Burien City Council on Monday unanimously... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Your rigidly held personal beliefs are polarizing this Council into inactivity’

LETTER: ‘Your rigidly held personal beliefs are polarizing this Council into inactivity’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Dear Council Members, Your rigidly held... [Read more]

Council votes against adding motion to require members to attend in person

Council votes against adding motion to require members to attend in person

The Burien City Council rejected by 4-3 a motion by Councilmember Debi Wagner to add to the agenda Monday night (March 20) to change its rules to make it a requirement that all Councilmembers be personally... [Read more]

Has American politics always been so crazy? Expert will discuss Sunday at BAT

Has American politics always been so crazy? Expert will discuss Sunday at BAT

Back by popular demand – has American politics always been so crazy? Come find out from Cornell Clayton, Director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington... [Read more]

Former State Senator King Lysen has passed away; memorial will be Mar. 23

Former State Senator King Lysen has passed away; memorial will be Mar. 23

Former State Senator King Lysen – a beloved husband, father and grandfather – passed away on March 15th at his Burien home. Born March 10th, 1942 in Minneapolis, MN, King was the eldest of four children... [Read more]

Solutions to homelessness, NERA, & more on agenda for Monday council meeting

Solutions to homelessness, NERA, & more on agenda for Monday council meeting

At the upcoming Burien City Council meeting – set for this coming Monday, March 20 – solutions to homelessness – including the potential of establishing a local Day Center – along with NERA, replacing... [Read more]

Highline Public Schools shares top thoughts from community conversations

Highline Public Schools shares top thoughts from community conversations

Highline Public Schools recently released the top results from their online community conversation about what the district is doing well and where it can improve.  In January, nearly 700 people contributed... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident upset about Burien Councilmember’s physical absences

LETTER: Resident upset about Burien Councilmember’s physical absences

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. This version was edited and re-submitted on March 14, 2017 to correct some inaccuracies that were concerning to the... [Read more]

School district releases new statement on immigration & student safety

School district releases new statement on immigration & student safety

On Tuesday, March 14, Highline Public Schools released a new statement on immigration and student safety (read their previous statement, released in December, here): We recognize that actions taken by... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Ribbon cut in Burien for segment of new ‘Lake to Sound’ trail

PHOTOS: Ribbon cut in Burien for segment of new ‘Lake to Sound’ trail

From left to right: Deputy King County Executive Fred Jarrett, Burien City Councilmember Stephen Armstrong, Former King County Councilmember Julia Patterson, King County Councilmember David Upthegrove,... [Read more]

Burien, SeaTac Police, ordered by Sheriff not to enforce federal ICE warrants

Burien, SeaTac Police, ordered by Sheriff not to enforce federal ICE warrants

By Jack Mayne Burien, SeaTac police and King County Sheriff’s deputies were told recently that ICE immigration warrants are not enforceable because a federal court does not issue such warrants. Asking... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident claims Burien’s Noise Ordinance violates First Amendment

LETTER: Resident claims Burien’s Noise Ordinance violates First Amendment

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Honarable Mayor Lucy Krakowiak Councilman... [Read more]

Around 100 attend ‘Meet Your Muslim Neighbor’ event Thursday night

Around 100 attend ‘Meet Your Muslim Neighbor’ event Thursday night

Around 100 people attended the “Meet Your Muslim Neighbor” event held at Burien Community Church on Thursday night, March 9. As part of the Burien/Normandy Park 10 Actions Group, Theresa Crecelius,... [Read more]

City of Burien issues statement in response to ‘Rally Against Crime’ protest

City of Burien issues statement in response to ‘Rally Against Crime’ protest

The City of Burien on Thursday (March 9) issued a statement in response to the ‘Rally Against Crime’ held outside and at the City Council meeting on Monday night, March 6. In the statement... [Read more]

Ribbon cutting ceremony for new Lake to Sound Trail segment will be Friday

Ribbon cutting ceremony for new Lake to Sound Trail segment will be Friday

All are invited to join King County, City of SeaTac and Burien leaders at a celebration of the completion of the first segment along the Lake to Sound Trail in Burien this Friday, March 10. This new trail... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident challenges everyone to consider ways to improve community

LETTER: Resident challenges everyone to consider ways to improve community

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Greetings City Council, I am writing as... [Read more]

34th Legislative District Telephone Town Hall will be Wednesday, March 15

34th Legislative District Telephone Town Hall will be Wednesday, March 15

A Telephone Town Hall for residents in the 34th Legislative District – which includes the Burien area – will be held on Wednesday, March 15, from 6 – 7 p.m. Calls will go out to thousands of homes... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘I believe your inaction has caused Burien to become insolvent…’

LETTER: ‘I believe your inaction has caused Burien to become insolvent…’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Dear Council Members, I believe your inaction... [Read more]

Upset Burien citizens ‘Rally Against Crime’ at lengthy City Council session

Upset Burien citizens ‘Rally Against Crime’ at lengthy City Council session

Burgeoning crime in Burien and the need for additional police officers spurred a large group of residents to spend over an hour at the City Council’s public comment session at the Monday regular meeting…